His bringing up was evidently strict.
Both his talk and life were pure.
He seems to have got on without swearing, even in battle,--as extreme a sign of calm force as can be imagined.
broke out at Monmouth Court-house.
's one weakness, drinking, has therefore been the more conspicuous.
But in these early days at Georgetown
(where the family moved soon after his birth), he seems to have been soberer than many in that region.
As for an army career, not only had it never entered his head to be a soldier, but he was averse to the notion when suggested to him by his father.
“A permanent position in some respectable college,” he writes, was his hope, even after entering West Point
. “I had no intention of remaining in the army.”
Indeed, in closely studying Grant
's temperament, it almost seems as if he were not, in the last analysis, a soldier, but a patriot compelled to fight.